GSWS 101:3 Gender Talk 1177 (B-Soc)

September 05, 2017

GSWS 101-3: GENDER TALK (Breadth-Social Sciences)

Dr. Lara Campbell
AQ 5096
Lecture: Tuesdays 1:30 - 12:20; WMC 3520

Course Description:

Should sex work be legalized? Is pornography sexist? How is gender and sexuality portrayed in popular culture? If you are interested in the ways we live as gendered beings in Canadian society, then GSWS 101 will be of interest to you.  This introductory course examines the historical and cultural meanings of gender and sexuality, examines how ideas about femininity and masculinity shape our institutions, popular culture, and policies, studies the interconnections of gender with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality, and debates the history and future of feminist activism.

Educational Goals:

·         I Display disciplinary knowledge of core concepts of gender and sexuality.

·         II Develop Transferable Skills and Information Literacy.

·         III Analyze and assess the concept of gender with an intersectional focus.

·         IV Analyze assess, and apply interdisciplinary approaches to gender and sexuality.

For more detailed information please see the GSWS website:


Course Texts and Courseware:

·         All tutorial readings available on the GSWS 101 Canvas site

·         Stephanie Meyer, Twilight. Available at the bookstore, but any edition is acceptable.

Course Evaluation and Assignments:

Short Research Assignment:  25%

Mid-term test:  20%

Final Exam:  30%

Participation/Attendance:  10%

FASS Forward Initiative Participation:  5%

Tutorial debates:  10%

"This course is part of the FASS>>forward pilot initiative that seeks to offer first-term students in 100-level courses in FASS with free, one-on-one tutoring. Up to 500 students from 12 pre-selected courses will receive 3 hours (6 half-hour sessions) of tutoring in addition to the support normally offered in each course. The students will be randomly chosen and participation is voluntary. 

The website is :"

Prerequisite: Students who have taken GSWS 100 (or WS 100) at SFU may not take GSWS 101 (or WS 101) for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.